We Made Uranium!: And Other True Stories From The University Of Chicago's Extraordinary Scavenger Hunt

April 22, 2019|
We Made Uranium!: And Other True Stories From The University Of Chicago's Extraordinary Scavenger Hunt by Leila Sales
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The University of Chicago’s annual Scavenger Hunt (or “Scav”) is one of the most storied college traditions in America. Every year, teams of hundreds of competitors scramble over four days to complete roughly 350 challenges. The tasks range from moments of silliness to 1,000-mile road trips, and they call on participants to fully embrace the absurd. For students it is a rite of passage, and for the surrounding community it is a chance to glimpse the lighter side of a notoriously serious university.

We Made Uranium! shares the stories behind Scav, told by participants and judges from the hunt’s more than thirty-year history. The twenty-three essays range from the shockingly successful (a genuine, if minuscule, nuclear reaction created in a dorm room) to the endearing failures (it’s hard to build a carwash for a train), and all the chicken hypnotisms and permanent tattoos in between. Taken together, they show how a scavenger hunt once meant for blowing off steam before finals has grown into one of the most outrageous annual traditions at any university. The tales told here are absurd, uplifting, hilarious, and thought-provoking—and they are all one hundred percent true.
Leila Sales is a graduate of the University of Chicago and former Scav participant and judge. She has been an editor at Penguin Random House and is the author of six young adult novels, including This Song Will Save Your Life and If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say. Her proudest Scav Hunt memory is organizing a hundred people ...
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Title:We Made Uranium!: And Other True Stories From The University Of Chicago's Extraordinary Scavenger Hunt
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:248 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.7 in
Shipping dimensions:248 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.7 in
Published:April 22, 2019
Publisher:University of Chicago Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780226571843

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